Five Dundee Bands To Watch

As the spotlight shines on Dundee, we've put together a list of a few of our favourite artists from the City of Discovery to look out for

Feature by The Skinny | 10 Oct 2018

What better way to celebrate the surge of musical talent coming out of Dundee than by revealing a few of our personal favourite acts? So, without further ado, here they are...


ST. MARTiiNS is the stylish and confident DIY duo of Katie Lynch and Mark Johnston. Lynch’s trippy yet laid-back vocals are reminiscent of Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser while Johnston’s lo-fi guitar riffs are punchy and unpredictable. ST.MARTiiNS' are one of the most interesting prospects to emerge from Dundee in recent years.

Be Charlotte

Singer-songwriter Be Charlotte is an expert in her craft, as she creates straight to the point pop songs. With an inherent authenticity to her lyrics, her powerful yet understated vocals are sung through the prism of her hometown dialect. Be Charlotte recently performed alongside Primal Scream at the V&A's official opening 3D Festival.


As SHHE (FKA Panda Su), Su Shaw creates electronic soundscapes with vocals that are minimalist yet spellbindingly powerful. SHHE performed her debut single Eyes Shut for Vic Galloway’s BBC Introducing event, recorded live in Perth earlier this year. The song also appeared on a playlist curated by Kathryn Joseph for BBC Radio 6 Music.

Echo Machine

Echo Machine is the new synth-pop project from three members of The Mirror Trap. Specialising in new wave and genre-bending futuristic sounds, the band made their headline debut at Conroy’s Basement in July, going on to support The View's Kyle Falconer at his Dundee homecoming show the following month. 


Indie-shoegaze band Drainpipe made their live debut as one of the local supports at a Conroy's Basement show in August. Originally the solo project of SAHARA's Matthew Tonner, after he began making lo-fi multitrack recordings on his phone, alongside Michael Caswell, Lewis Campbell and SAHARA bandmate Adam Campbell, they plan to continue performing under the name Drainpipe as a band.

Now that you know a little bit about our favourite up-and-coming Dundee artists, listen to the playlist we've put together of some of their best tracks.

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